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Hearing Aid Styles

There are many different hearing aids styles available to choose from. All new hearing aids are digitally programmable to your hearing loss, so any slight changes in your hearing can be compensated for with a short scheduled visit to your hearing care provider. In addition, with advanced circuits, specific adjustments can be made to fit your individual lifestyle. The degree of hearing loss, power requirements, manual dexterity and cosmetic concerns are some of the factors that will determine the right choice for you. The various styles are described below.

Open Fit: Open fit hearing aids, often called receiver-in-the-ear or receiver-in-the-canal, use a tiny casing which rests behind the ear this is where the circuitry is housed. The circuit sends the sound through a nearly invisible wire to the receiver and ear-bud which sit in the ear canal. The ear-bud, which comes in various sizes and styles, replaces the need for a custom ear-mold. These instruments are also very adaptable and have multiple options for ear-bud size and style, as well as, interchangeable speakers for varied levels of power output.

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IIC: Invisible-in-the-canal. The NuEar Miniscopic is the first of its kind, it is a deep insertion hearing aid custom fit to be placed behind the second bend of the ear canal. This instrument makes use of the natural anatomy of the ear to provide exceptional sound quality. You can learn more about NuEars's MiniScopic technology by visiting www.nuear.com


CIC: Completely-In-the-Canal instruments are nearly invisible when worn. They are equipped with a removal string which allows for easy extraction from the ear canal. Because of their small size they do not include features such as manual volume control, however, depending on the circuitry, can be equippped with remote volume and setting controls.

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ITC: In-The-Canal instruments are slightly larger than the CICs. Often they include features such as volume control on the face plate. However because of their size, the controls they require good dexterity to operate. These instruments are discreet yet visible to others.

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ITE: In the ear (full-shell) hearing aids are the largest of the custom made hearing aids. These fill most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear and are easily visible to others. They have helpful features such as easy to use volume control. They also typically use larger batteries which are easy for individuals with limited dexterity to operate.


BTE: Behind-The-Ear hearing aids are the largest hearing aids and have much more power than any of the custom made in the ear units. They are connected to the ear canal via custom-made plastic tubing. The tubing is part of the earmold. The earmold is custom made from an ear impression to perfectly replicate the size and shape of your ear.

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